I'm very happy to announce that Vampire Prince is now live at MLR Press! It's also up at AllRomance eBooks and Amazon. I've been waiting for this moment, and I couldn't be happier to see it finally come. This story has been on quite the journey, but the hope of seeing this day is what kept me going through the long battle to get my publishing rights back on it. I'm grateful to MLR Press for giving this book a new home, and so incredibly appreciative to all my readers who've shown so much support. I hope everyone will enjoy the return of Vampire Prince!
Three years ago, Sebastian Beaumont, was starving and struggling on the streets. An offer for safety and shelter was nothing but the lies of a vampire. Since then, he’s been trapped, surrendering his blood and body as a blood slave to vampires, all for the hope of gaining one more day of life and maybe, someday, his freedom.
Having crossed more than three hundred years of life, Valentin Wyndham, is a prince among vampires. Memories of betrayal still haunt him and love isn’t something he seeks. When his need for blood becomes too strong, he breaks his usual habits and visits a blood house. Though he tries to resist, he can’t help but be captivated by the beautiful Sebastian.
Unable to deny the intensity between them, Valentin frees Sebastian from the blood house, but danger follows them both from those who don’t want to let Sebastian go.
This week, Vampire Prince is returning, and I couldn't be happier! On the 27th, Valentin, Sebastian, Basil, and Sal will make their debut at their new home, MLR Press. And I feel like they're exactly where they're meant to be. With them about to make their return, I wanted to post a little excerpt to let those who've read the book before get reacquainted with Valentin and Sebastian, and to introduce the guys to those who haven't met them before. I selected the first half of Chapter 3 from the book, because I thought this part did both of those things nicely. It shows Valentin and Sebastian interacting at the beginning of their first night together and hints at what's to come between them.
I hope everyone will enjoy this peek at Valentin and Sebastian :D
years ago, Sebastian Beaumont, was starving and struggling on the streets. An
offer for safety and shelter was nothing but the lies of a vampire. Since then,
he’s been trapped, surrendering his blood and body as a blood slave to
vampires, all for the hope of gaining one more day of life and maybe, someday,
crossed more than three hundred years of life, Valentin Wyndham, is a prince
among vampires. Memories of betrayal still haunt him and love isn’t something
he seeks. When his need for blood becomes too strong, he breaks his usual
habits and visits a blood house. Though he tries to resist, he can’t help but
be captivated by the beautiful Sebastian.
to deny the intensity between them, Valentin frees Sebastian from the blood
house, but danger follows them both from those who don’t want to let Sebastian
Excerpt: Part of Chapter Three
closed the boudoir door. Unlike his bedroom, the boudoirs were finely furnished
and comfortable, all draped in velvet, satin, and silk, and each held a large
bed. And now, in the center of this room, was a vampire unlike any he’d ever
turned, putting his back to the door. Valentin gazed around the space, his
posture casual, his hands clasped behind his back and his cane dangling between
really some kind of vampire royalty? From how Wesley was addressing him, he
must be. He’d never heard of such a thing, but that wasn’t surprising. Vamps
weren’t much for chitchat when they came in, and Wesley sure as hell never told
him anything. The more ignorant the blood slaves were about vampires, the
better, seemed to be the code here.
One thing he
was sure of, it was the highlight of his past three years to see Wesley
stumbling over himself to please this vampire prince. He’d give Valentin a
small bit of respect for that and for standing up for him. He nearly fell over
when Valentin addressed his question directly and spoke to him as if he was an
intelligent being with feelings.
that was the second time he felt as though he could fall over. The first came
when he saw Valentin. All the vampires that had come through here and never had
any of them compared to this one in beauty. Black hair, straight and silken,
fell past Valentin’s shoulders. He was dressed in a black three-piece suit,
immaculate, cut to perfection for his slender form. His facial features were
delicate with sweeping cheekbones. The ivory color of his skin seemed even more
pronounced with his ebony hair. And the way he carried himself, with the
sophistication and grace of a gentleman from a faded era bringing elegance into
stood out to him the most were the vampire’s eyes, so light a blue they looked
as though they were only frosted with color. And they’d looked as cold as ice
when Valentin faced off against Wesley.
first time in longer than he could remember, arousal rose within him. True and
genuine arousal, not just his body’s reaction to being touched.
stomped it down. How much of a fucking idiot could he be, getting turned on by
a vampire? Where the hell was his head? All this vampire wanted was to use him.
One look at Valentin’s pretty face and suddenly he was humanizing him. Stupid.
A monster wasn’t human.
reinforced by his thoughts—and reality—he walked toward the bed to set out the
lube and anything else the vampire might want. All boudoirs were well stocked
with sex toys and items.
room is as garish as the rest of this place.”
slowed in his steps. The sound of Valentin’s voice rattled his defenses. But
how could it not? Deep and soothing, the vampire’s words rolled with an elegant
English accent. He glanced toward him. “Yeah, Master Wesley’s not much of a
think Master Wesley is much of anything at all.”
couldn’t hold back his grin. He looked at Valentin, who was smiling at him. A
vampire who smiled? Actually good-humoredly and not with malicious intent?
Seriously, who was this guy?
turned away and continued toward the bed. Reaching the nightstand, he opened
the top drawer, retrieving a bottle of lube and tossing it onto the bed. “So,
your highness, this is going to be my first time with a vampire prince. I never
knew vampires had a monarchy.”
not in the true sense of what a monarchy is. Prince is merely a title of
formality. Among us, for every century of life, you’re given a title until your
five hundredth year. When we vampires reach one hundred, we’re given the title
of knight and that title goes to the female vampires as well. For the two
hundredth year, the title changes to Duke or Duchess. The three hundredth year,
we become a Prince or Princess. Four hundredth is marked by the title of King
or Queen. Five hundred years is when one is referred to as being an Elder. We
do have a ruling body of High Elders, but truth be told, they don’t do much.
They’re only summoned together for matters of the highest importance.”
stared at Valentin, stunned. He had answered. Valentin actually answered him,
with a complete and thorough explanation.
tipped his head to the side in a contemplative look. “Did I give too much
information too quickly?”
shook his head. “No, not at all. I’m just shocked you answered. I don’t get many
answers around here. I don’t get any, really.”
“I see. I’m
sorry to hear that. How long have you been here?”
and ten days, not that I’m keeping track.”
slender eyebrows rose. “Three years? That’s quite a long time for a blood
looked away, their comfortable moment broken with the reminder of what he was
and how his mortality loomed over him every night to preserve the immortality
took a step toward him, extending a hand. “I’m sorry. That was ill-phrased.”
focused on the open drawer and the sex toys inside. “You don’t have to
apologize to me. Blood slave, remember? You can do whatever you want to me.
Fuck me, beat me, kill me, and who’ll care? No one. So the last thing you have
to do is say you’re sorry. And at least you’ve got the balls to call me what I
am. Not trying to call me a donor.”
He closed his eyes tight, mentally kicking himself. He really was going to get
himself killed sooner rather than later talking to a vampire this way. He
needed to try to smooth things over. “I’m sorry, Prince Valentin. I shouldn’t
have been talking like that. Like Master Wesley said, I’ve got a shitty
circumstances, I think it’s understandable. And all things considered, I’m
rather enjoying your shitty attitude.”
snapped around to look at him. Another smile rested on Valentin’s lips.
turning, Valentin walked to a nearby armchair and propped his cane against one
arm. He unbuttoned his suit jacket, slipped it off, and tossed it over the back
of the chair. “Propriety is so dull. I far prefer honesty. So please, speak
freely with me and also, feel welcomed to address me as Valentin. What’s your
prefer Sebastian, or do you shorten your name to Bastian?”
ever called me Bastian before.”
mind if I did? It has a charming sound to it.”
That’d be fine.”
removed his vest and laid it over his jacket. He faced Sebastian, one index
finger hooked over his black silk tie as he loosened the knot. “Tell me, how
did a smart lad like you end up here?”
continued to stare at him in silence. With Valentin now wearing only the black
dress shirt, he could easily tell Valentin’s body was hard with muscle. The
arousal he’d tried to stamp out earlier returned, stronger. He forced his mind
away from it and on Valentin’s question. “By accident, on my part. I didn’t
know where I was being brought. And if you want to know the truth, I still
don’t know where this place is. I was blindfolded and—”
paused, his mouth dropping open slightly. “What?”
you don’t know where this house is located. It’s about thirty minutes northeast
of Savannah, which I think is the largest closest city. I’ve only recently
moved here, so I’m still familiarizing myself with the area.”
breath rushed from him. All these years of not knowing where he was and now he
had a general idea. He wasn’t far from Savannah. His mind spun with the thought
as if he’d been given information to one of the greatest secrets in the world.
Knowing where he had lived all this time felt that amazing to him, and it was
because of this strange and beautiful vampire who spoke so freely to him.
nodded his gratitude to Valentin. “Thank you.”
stayed quiet for a moment, seeming to study him. “You’re welcome. I’m sorry I
interrupted, but I thought you should know. What else were you going to say?”
took a breath, trying to clear his mind from reeling with the revelation. “I,
uh, was just saying I was blindfolded and didn’t see anything on my way here.”
you’ve been here three years. How old are you now?”
Coming up on twenty-one next month. When I was seventeen, my mom went in my
room to use my computer, because hers was broken, and she saw some gay porn
sites in my browsing history. It was my own fault. I always deleted my history
after going to those sites, but I’d been on a marathon masturbating streak the
night before and after my last orgasm, I fell into bed and passed out.
“When I came
home from school, my dad was waiting for me. He asked me to explain the sites.
I told him I couldn’t explain them any other way than I liked watching them
because I was gay. I always knew if he found out I was into guys, he’d either
kill me or kick me out. I guess I should be glad he didn’t kill me, but then
again, considering where I ended up, maybe not.
have anywhere to go. I was too embarrassed to go to any friends’ houses. I’d
hid my sexuality from everyone, and I was afraid if I did go to someone else
for help, they or their parents would do the same thing, kick me to the curb. I
was running the streets in Atlanta for about three months before Wesley and a
couple of his servants came across me. He offered me a roof over my head, food,
a bed, and that was all I cared about. From what he said about this place, I
had the impression it was some kind of underground sex club, and I was okay
with that. I was tired and hungry and scared. I didn’t care who he was, I just
wanted to feel safe and have a full stomach.
of him being a vampire never crossed my mind. I mean, seriously, of all the
things, it would be my shitty luck to get picked up by freakin’ mythical
creature. I never knew vampires were real. Never even thought you guys could
be. You were supposed to be stories told to little kids in the old days to keep
them from going out at night. And in this day and age, the things of horror
offered him a sympathetic smile. “I understand. Even for myself, it was a shock
when I first learned about vampires’ existence. Even more of one when it was my
best friend and cousin, Basil, informing me of the fact by showing me his
fangs. But as I learned then and have learned many times over the years, all
legends hold some truth.” He stepped closer to Sebastian. “I’m sorry for how
you found out about us. I’m sure it couldn’t have been easy.”
snorted. “Putting it mildly.” His throat tightened with anger rising in him,
not at Valentin, but at Wesley and all the vampires he’d met. “Do you have any
idea how terrified I was the first time a vampire took my blood? Can you even imagine? I was fully alert.
No trance used on me. Wesley wanted me to know the whole experience, because
that’s how things are done here. The blood slaves need to be obedient enough
where vampires don’t have to use their power to make a blood slave submit. So
good ol’ Master Wesley had me held down while a vampire stole my blood.
three fucking years I’ve been a prisoner here, I’ve never once gotten to go
outside. There’re no phones, no internet, and no TV, but I guess I can’t
complain, because there’s a huge library and I know I’ve gotten smarter from
reading so much. Not a bad thing, since I never got the chance to finish high
school. Of course, all the books are Master Wesley approved, so nothing about
vampires to help give us blood slaves a little more knowledge on our masters.
it’s regulated, too. Healthy shit to keep us recovering from being sucked on
all the time. I’d give both my nuts for a piece of pizza with extra bacon and a
Pepsi. So that’s been my life and that’s why I’ve got a shitty fucking
opened his mouth to speak, but only a breath came out, as he seemed too shocked
turned away from him, leaning forward and bracing both hands on the nightstand.
He closed his eyes tight. He was losing it, cracking deeper than he realized.
With almost every word he spoke, he was bringing on his death. And he couldn’t
even control himself. All he’d spoken to Valentin had poured out of him.
what happened to all blood slaves. Eventually, if they lived this life long enough,
they cracked. Still, he felt bad for talking so harshly to Valentin. None of
what’d happened to him was Valentin’s fault.
straightened his posture and took a deep breath, resting his hands on his hips.
“Looks like now I’m the one who needs to say he’s sorry. I didn’t mean to dump
all that shit on you.”
apologize to me. Besides, I was the one who asked.”
let out a single, humorless laugh. “Regretting that yet?”
turned around, giving him a curious look. “No offense, but you’re kind of an
laughed softly. “Some would say I’m an odd individual all the way around.” He
walked toward Sebastian. “I think, though, the problem here is you were taken
in by the wrong kind of vampire. Certainly we can all have our beastly moments,
but this group—and by that I mean Wesley—seems to be more uncouth than is
usual. What I don’t understand is, if you hate it here so much, why have you
renewed your blood contract each year?”
shook his head in confusion. “What’re you talking about?”
contracts are usually for the duration of one year. After that, the blood slave
can either renew with their patron or house, or they can leave.”
great if other blood slaves are given that option. Wesley’s never once asked me
about renewing my contract and I don’t even know what the thing said. I never
got the chance to read it. I was jacked in the cheek, held down, and had a pen
shoved in my hand. I was too afraid to do anything except sign it. I really
don’t even know what the point of a blood contract is. It’s not as if I could
take him to court for any violations in it.”
human court, no. But among vampires, a blood contract marks who owns you and
whom you serve so others can’t claim you.” Valentin stood quiet for a long
moment. As he spoke, his voice was low, anger underlying his tone. “The fact
you’ve been able to survive as long as you have is testament to what a strong
will you have.”
held his thoughts, stopping himself from saying his will was growing weaker by
the day. That it wouldn’t be long before it burned out completely. What would
it matter if he did make that confession? It wasn’t as if Valentin was a knight
in shining armor come to rescue him. Or maybe prince charming was more fitting,
given Valentin had surpassed knightly status to princehood among vampires. He’d
done more than enough confessing for one night, anyway.
glanced back to the drawer. “Yeah, I guess. Thanks. But I know you didn’t come
here to waste your time talking to a blood slave. I already got the lube out,
is there anything else you want? There’re dildos, vibes, plugs, paddles,
trailed off as Valentin stepped close to his side. His arm brushed Valentin’s
chest, and that single accidental touch sent his heart racing. Sebastian took a
deep breath to settle himself, only to have it backfire with pulling in
Valentin’s alluring scent, a subtle intoxicating spice.
pushed the drawer closed. He leaned toward Sebastian, bringing his lips close
to Sebastian’s ear. “What I want is, to know if you feel any desire toward me,
and if you want to give me your blood of your own free will.”
slowly faced him. With Valentin slightly taller than him, he tipped his head
back to meet Valentin’s gaze. Those frosted blue eyes…it was as though they
could look through him and know his thoughts. And actually, Valentin could. He
hadn’t felt him try to touch his mind yet, but all vampires had that ability.
But it was more than Valentin’s power, those beautiful eyes made him feel
things he’d only dreamed of.
though, were the last things that mattered here, and he wouldn’t let himself be
swayed by them. “You can answer that for yourself.”
referring to my ability to sense the arousal coming off you right now, then
yes, that basic part of my question is answered. However…” An arrogant smirk
tipped up one corner of Valentin’s lips. “I have that effect on nearly everyone
I meet, so I wanted to ensure your mind and heart are in agreement with your
felt another smile rising to his lips. Goddamn it. Valentin might be a
bloodsucking monster, but he was liking this vampire prince more by the minute.
And growing more attracted to him. “Well, if you wanted to know if my mind was
in agreement, all you’d have to do is take a look.”
giving me permission to do so?”
need permission. Again, you can do what you want to me.”
curled his finger under Sebastian’s chin and tipped his head up. “How about we
do without Master Wesley’s rules, hmm?”
had no response. He’d lived so long not being given a choice in anything, now
that he had one, he didn’t know what to do. He wasn’t even sure how to handle
He wet his
lips, catching Valentin’s gaze lowering to his tongue. As Valentin looked up
again, lust warmed his eyes. There was no doubt Valentin wanted him. That was
another thing he didn’t know how to deal with. He’d gotten picked off the
streets for his looks, because Wesley knew others would want him, but the heat
in Valentin’s gaze was more than he’d ever seen in anyone’s.
answer is…?” Valentin prompted.
you value the truth, right?”
“Then no, my
mind isn’t in harmony with my body. It’s confused. And I don’t listen to my
heart. I don’t even give it a chance to feel what it wants. If I did, I
would’ve been dead long ago.”
gazed into Sebastian’s eyes for a long moment. He bowed his head and took a
step back. “That’s all the answer I need.” He moved away from him, walking
toward the chair.
in Sebastian. He didn’t understand it and it went along with all his other
confusion, but he didn’t want Valentin to leave. He rushed a few steps after
him. “You’re not going, are you?”
collected his vest and suit jacket, slinging both over his forearm. “Yes, I am.
I only take blood and have sex with those who wholly desire me.”
swung around to face him. “Excuse me?”
him, Sebastian closed the distance between them. “I said, bullshit. You’re a
vampire. You can’t tell me you don’t use your power, mind reading, entrancement,
persuasion, to get what you want out of people. And I can’t believe you’re
going to stand there and tell me you won’t take my blood because I’m feeling a
little confused about you. I know for damn sure you never tell people you’re
feeding from, unless they’re a blood slave, that you’re going to take their
blood. It’d blow your whole human cover.”
tossed his vest and jacket over the chair again, folding his arms. “Your points
do have some validity, however, I use my powers to ensure a person’s desire for
me, hence, I rarely use persuasion. Entrancement is necessary, because as you
pointed out, unless one is a blood slave, another vampire, a demon, or another
who knows of us, it’s prudent to keep our existence unknown. With you being a
blood slave, I was simply trying to show you respect by giving you a choice.”
blood slave isn’t about making choices. It’s about doing what you’re told. Just
like how you told me to speak freely and now you’re using that against me by
walking out the door.”
took the single step separating them. “I’m not using it against you.”
forced himself to ignore his arousal and that it seemed connected to how close
Valentin came to him. “No? Do you have any idea what’ll happen to me if you walk
out of here and Wesley thinks I didn’t please you? That I mouthed off and drove
you away? He’ll beat me and torture me until I’m dead. I know my time’s running
out anyway, but I’d really rather it expire at the hands of some random vamp
than give him the satisfaction of killing me.”
explain I’d lost my desire.”
snorted. “Like he’d buy that.”
gazed at him in silence for a long moment. As he spoke again, he voice was
husky and low. “If you say you want me to stay and that you want to give me
your blood and body, then I’ll stay.”
clenched his jaw shut. He didn’t know if Valentin wanted him to admit those
things for his own assurance or if this was some power game, trying to make him
feel weak by saying he wanted him. What he said was true, if Valentin left,
Wesley would beat him bloody. Maybe not to death, because that’d be an
inconvenience, but the probability was high. Trying to avoid that really was
part of him wanting Valentin to stay. The other parts…those were exactly what
Valentin wanted him to confess.
swallowed in an attempt to loosen his tight throat. He reached with a tentative
hand toward Valentin, so unused to making the first move. He rested it on
Valentin’s chest, the pectoral firm beneath his palm, the heat of Valentin’s body
seeping through his shirt. That was one thing about vampires he hadn’t expected.
He’d thought they would be cold since they were supposed to be dead, but as he
found out, they weren’t dead. At least, he didn’t think so. Vampires had
heartbeats and pulses, so they couldn’t be dead…probably.
It was just
one of many things about vampires he didn’t understand and was sure he’d die
without knowing. Just as he had no idea how they became vampires. All he knew
about them was they fucked hard, drank blood, didn’t age, had special powers,
and didn’t like the sun. Really, what else did he need to know?
took Valentin’s hand and stepped backward toward the bed. “You said you could
sense the arousal off me. Do you know how long it’s been since anyone’s turned
walked slowly with him. “No, I don’t.”
I. It was before I came here, I know that much. That’s not to say I haven’t
enjoyed some of the sex once it’s going. There’ve been a handful of vamps
who’ve tried to make it okay for me. But as far as feeling as if I wanted them
or was attracted to them, that hasn’t happened.”
smirk with its wicked edge returned to Valentin’s lips. “So you’re saying
you’re attracted to me?”
how you want to take it.”
“It is, but
is that how you mean it?”
bedside, Sebastian put his back to him. “You’re really making this more
difficult than it needs to be, trying to bring all these emotions into it. How
do you want me? Standing and leaning over the bed? On my hands and knees?”
pressed against him, slipping an arm around Sebastian’s waist and pulling him
back so Sebastian’s ass nestled against his crotch. “Let’s just see how we end
up. And you’re very good at dodging questions, by the way.”
a developed skill.” Sebastian’s concentration wavered as Valentin’s hard cock
pressed against him. Even with the soft cloth of Valentin’s pants between them,
his own cock responded, filling fast. Valentin caressed Sebastian’s chest, the
touch so soft, so gentle. No one ever touched him in such a way.
brushed Sebastian’s hair back, exposing his neck. He placed a tender kiss on
the curve. “Where do you like to have your blood taken from? Your neck? Your wrist?
choices. Why was Valentin doing this? Did Valentin really want to treat him as
if he was an equal? Give him respect? In a way, it was almost more cruel than
how most vampires shoved him to the bed and did whatever they wanted to him.
How Valentin was treating him fed his hope, and that hope would make him guard
his life believing an escape from this hell could happen someday. Whatever
Valentin was trying to do, he wasn’t going to let it affect him.
whatever you want.”
sighed against Sebastian’s neck. “You’re very difficult. If you want to
continue to play by the house master’s rules and not express what you want,
then I’ll follow my own and do what I’m certain you’ll enjoy.”
spun him around, sinking his fingers in Sebastian’s hair and closing them in a
tight fist. He lowered his head, touching his lips to Sebastian’s.
tensed. A high, startled noise sounded in his throat.
drew back, confusion in his eyes and expression. “What’s wrong?”
just, I don’t get kissed much. Like, at all. Ever.”
you said some vampires tried to make it good for you.”
doing a little prep work instead of just shoving their dick in, using lots of
lube, and stroking my cock. Kissing…it doesn’t even cross my mind as being part
of it. Not anymore. When I was younger it did, but I lost all thoughts about
that after being here.”
studied him for a moment. “Please tell me that wasn’t your first kiss.”
technically. I dated a girl in high school for a while, to keep my cover of
really wishing I could date a guy, and I kissed her a few times.”
you’ve never kissed a man?”
“Up until a
moment ago? No.”
have to remedy that. We won’t count those other kisses with the girl or the one
I just gave you. I’ll give you a better one, with you prepared for it this
Sebastian felt himself smiling. It’d become such a rare thing for him to smile
in the past three years, he was now acutely aware each time he did it. In his
short time with Valentin, he’d smiled more than he had in months combined. “I
like that idea.”
glad for the honor of giving you your first kiss.”
brushed his thumb over Sebastian’s lips. He lifted his other hand, gently
cupping Sebastian’s cheek. Angling his head, he brought his lips close to
felt Valentin’s warm breath wash over his lips. His anticipation grew. He
leaned, ever so slightly, toward him. A deep, hushed moan came to his ears, as
though Valentin appreciated his moving closer, asking for the kiss. Sebastian
rested his hand on Valentin’s chest, no hesitation this time. He wanted it.
Valentin’s kiss, his body, all the things the vampire prince promised.
touched their lips together, soft, gentle, keeping the kiss chaste for several
quick heartbeats. He sucked Sebastian’s bottom lip. Without thought, Sebastian
opened his mouth wider for him. Valentin accepted the invitation, sliding his
tongue over Sebastian’s, closing their mouths together.
Valentin’s soft tongue massaged his, Sebastian let his defenses drop. He
wrapped his arms around him, thrusting his tongue along Valentin’s. Valentin
sucked Sebastian’s tongue, ended the kiss with a light nip to Sebastian’s
bottom lip, then claimed his mouth again. He caressed down Sebastian’s back and
slipped his arm around him, pulling Sebastian in…
It's been a long, loooong time since I've given a writing update, but I have lots of good stuff to share now! I'm currently working on, or will be starting soon, some projects that I'm very excited about, along with releases that I can't wait to get out there. Here's how things are looking for the rest of 2015 and 2016 in my little writing world.
My next release is going to be the re-release of Vampire Prince. Woooo hoooo! I'm beyond ecstatic to have this book come out again! I love this story and all the guys, Valentin, Sebastian, Basil, Sal, and now that it has been revised and edited, I think it's better than ever. The core of the story is still the same, but it's been polished, and about 1,000-2,000 words were added. It is now the first in my new series, Paranormal Nobles. I can't tell you the relief and happiness I have with this book being in the hands of MLR Press. The book and series have a bright future now! And for me, well, I'm really looking forward to actually getting paid royalties for all the copies that are sold ;-) Vampire Prince will release on November 27, 2015, and it will be my last release for 2015.
Next up, will be my first release for the shiny new year of 2016, Book 3 in the Terra series, Song of Souls. This book has been a long time in the making, and it turned out to be one of my longest stories, just over 100,000 words. I loved writing it and being in Terra again. It's finished now and handed in to my editor at MLR Press. This one will be Lark and Zain's story, and as of right now, we're looking toward a February release.
And now that takes me into my current writing projects and soon to be projects. As of this moment, I'm working on Terra 4. I went right from finishing Terra 3 into this one. I figured with how long it took me to finish the third book, this would help me get a jump start on the last one. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll have it finished and ready for a late 2016 release, but time will tell if that'll happen as I work on it.
My other main project is the sequel to Vampire Prince. This will come out next year! My editor and I are talking about a May 2016 release, and I'm going to work very hard to make that happen. I can't wait to bring all the guys back in a new adventure. It does have a tentative title at the moment, Demon Duke.
2016 will also bring a new novella, Heart's Gamble, about a horse rescuer and a Thoroughbred trainer. I've mentioned this one a few times, and because it had been previously held by the-publisher-who-must-not-be-named, it seemed like it was never going to see the light of day. But I did get this one back too, and it's been worked into my schedule to release from MLR Press.
Model Love will also be getting re-released in 2016, after a few rounds of revising and editing. It's going to be great to get that one out again too, and we're looking toward late summer/early fall on that one coming back through MLR Press.
Now for projects that I haven't started yet, but I have hope to begin in 2016, I'm planning another Instincts book and....let me take a deep breath...writing a little something with Tanner from Heartstrings in the Conquest series. Here's hoping I can get to both of those and that Tanner will behave (as much as he's capable of, anyhow), when I work on his story. I'm not sure if either story will be finished in time for a 2016 release, but I'd like to start writing them.
And there you have it! What things are looking like for the next several months with my releases and projects. Other than those that have a hammered in release date, things are subject to change and fluctuate as the year will go on, but this is what things are looking like at this moment.
My endless gratitude and appreciation to everyone for all your support and sticking with me and my work. I hope you'll enjoy all the stories that are to come!